The biggest little theatre festival in the world breezes into the Sydney summer scene with its 19th year of the popular 10×10 minute format.
This year’s line-up of plays (announced at this Wednesday’s launch event at the Tom Mann Theatre) offers almost a hundred new short plays over the 8 weeks of heats and subsequent finals – all climaxing in the Gala Awards Finals on the Anzac Day Weekend.
Short+Sweet has spread the popular 10-minute format in theatre, dance, cabaret and comedy across Australia and the globe with festivals as far afield as NZ, India, Malaysia, Ireland and the Middle East. Its Hollywood festival is the world’s go-to showcase for actors, writers and directors for stage and screen. Its Sydney alumni include Rose Byrne, Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Andrew Steel and QTC artistic director Lee Lewis.
The 2020 fest will again feature judges’ voting and the People’s Choice audience votes. Among the many industry judges this year are actors Amanda Muggleton, Tony Bonner, Peter Mochrie, Peter Kowitz, Danny Adcock and casting agents Faith Martin and Jo Briant.
Week 2 highlights:
Week 2 features Jeremy Godwin’s extraordinary one-hander and Buddhist allegory, Bodhirattva. Godwin – a NIDA graduate, veteran school drama master and ordained monk – plays a rat – traumatised by his brother’s death and racked with guilt over eating the cheese he left behind. Now he must face The Great Evil… and the cheese!
One of the world’s leading monologue writers, Aussie Pete Malicki returns to the festival with The Happiest Day of My Life, directed by and starring James Fitzgerald. Becca (Shereen Nand) keeps trying for the perfect wedding day, but it doesn’t ever quite come off… and her husbands keep on dying… mysteriously!
Danny Boy by Sandra Faithhorne and directed by Tegan Ware, sees two brothers, plagued by tragedy, reconnecting in a prison visitation room. Oli Stening and Lucca Paijmans star.